Science changes our understanding of the world so fast it’s hard for people to keep up. The changes in the last hundred years make the world unrecognizable to someone from that era.
In politics people tend to vote for people who share their values. When our school curriculum steers students away from math and science that leaves us with leaders and voters who don’t know it’s value. In our current political system decisions are made not for their merit based on evidence, but how they will influence the next election cycle or line already bulging Congressional pockets. Continue reading →
I’m trying really hard to be a team player and root for a successful Donald Trump presidency. For at least the next two years he has a clear road ahead of him with Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Soon he will nominate a Supreme Court Justice and the court will have a conservative majority for some time to come. The only thing standing in the President-elect’s way is Donald Trump. Continue reading →
It’s water under the bridge. It’s a Russell Wilson pass with seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX. It’s over. The simulations said there was an 85% chance Hillary Clinton would win. Life doesn’t pay attention to simulations. Would there be a different result if we reran the whole campaign? Who cares. It’s a fools argument and largely a waste of time to try to say that the results would have been different if only…if only nothing. It happened. If only is for those who didn’t give it their all the first time. Continue reading →
In the CNN video a student asks a gathered crowd, “Why does my f@&#ing green card say that I’m a resident alien?”
First of all, instead of standing in the middle of the quad shouting profanities about it, use some of those campus facilities to actually educate yourself. An alien, for immigration and visas purposes, is a person who is not a citizen of the United States. A resident alien is someone who is given permissionto stay in the country for an extended period of time to work or study. Those following the protocol to eventually become a US citizen are called Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). Those who enter the country without proper visas or overstay visas are called illegal aliens. So your green card status as resident alien is not derogatory, it’s definition under US law. Continue reading →
President-elect Trump has spent a bit of time meeting face to face with the media over the last few days. First he dressed down the TV heads off the record and then he met with the New York Times on the record.
I’m a part of the we-should-all-get-along and give-the-man-a-chance crowd, but I think we always have to keep a close eye on our government. Donald Trump’s attempts to strong arm the media should backfire on him. If anyone has the money to stand up to Trump and his litigious ways, it’s the TV networks. He’s picking fights with people and corporations worth $17 billion, $16 billion, $14 billion, and so on. The President-elect claims to be worth around $10 billion dollars. Forbes.com estimates it’s about ⅓ that. If he thinks he’s going to intimidate the media or spend them into settling, he must not be aware of the size of the other egos involved.
Everyone has a skewed view of what freedom means. We argue incessantly to take away freedoms from others while citing freedom as our cause. This makes me think we need to review what freedom actually is. The three definitions of freedom are:
the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government
the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved
We fail frequently at 1 (just watch the left and right fighting nightly on the news) and 3 (US has second highest incarceration rate in the world) and have been slowly sinking into number 2 (pun intended). Continue reading →
The story goes something like this, to boil a live frog you do not throw it into a pot of boiling water, he’ll just jump out. To boil a frog you put it in a pot of temperate water and then slowly raise the temperature until the water comes to a boil. The perceived danger is not noticed because the change comes gradually. This has been happening to us for over 100 years.
We’ve been sitting in the hot water for so long we’re comfortable here. Our hot water is the gradual loss of our economy and government to special interests. Our hot water is overt, then latent, now overt again racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Our hot water is a feeling of entitlement without cause. There’s more. The bottom line is all this hot water is slowly killing us.